Sunday, June 28, 2015

Summers Off? Part II

Almost two weeks ago, I wrote about how teachers don't really have the summers off. Some of us teach summer school, give or attend professional development, and/or just reflect and plan for the next school year.

Presenter Selfie!

I am attending or planning/providing professional development all summer long. I am involved with a math grant, WCMI, where I am giving some PD (check-out this blog post from my co-presenter!) and then I am also leading some PD in my own district. I am trying to keep the days working to two per week so I can still enjoy some summer fun with my little one.

In the past week, I have had two conversations with well-meaning neighbors/family members where they ask me about my summer. It goes something like:



well-meaning person: So, you are off for the summer, right? <smirk>

me: Well, actually I'm working about two days a week

well-meaning person: Oh! <shocked pause> What are you doing?!
(at this point I can see a look of disappointment in their face-- I think they were hoping to say something like, "Must be nice to be a teacher and have the summer off!)

me: I'm teaching teachers some professional development

well-meaning person: Huh. So.... you don't have the summer off?




Ha ha, so funny. It's like I'm blowing their minds! I feel like I'm on a mission to educate non-teachers what teachers really do on their "summer vacation!"


2 comments:

  1. I am constantly telling people that teachers work 60+ hours a week during the school year and 10-20 hours a week during the summer. I always get a look of confusion. Not sure what I could possibly be doing that would be considered "work" when school is not in session. Good to know I'm not alone in this!

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    1. Hi Laura! Thanks for stopping by the blog and leaving a comment! Sounds like there are more people out there that need an education on what educators actually do. Keep fighting the good fight! :)

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